Technical Understanding in Successful Environmental Negotiations

by Nina Burkardt, Johnson Controls World Services Inc, Fort Collins, United States,
Berton L. Lamb, Johnson Controls World Services Inc, Fort Collins, United States,
Terry J. Waddle, (A.M.ASCE), Johnson Controls World Services Inc, Fort Collins, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Policy and Management: Solving the Problems

Abstract: Scientists at the National Ecology Research Center conducted a series of case studies of consultations concerning the environmental conditions to be included in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licenses. Results of the case studies demonstrate that one of the factors associated with success in these consultations is a clear understanding of the technical issues. Factors that enhance technical clarity include simple project design, new rather than existing projects, precise definitions of the issues, a sense of urgency to reach agreement, a sense of fairness among participants, and consistency in participation. Negotiators should not neglect the critical pre-negotiation steps of defining technical issues and determining appropriate studies, deciding how studies will be interpreted, and agreeing on responses to study results.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Hydro power | Ecosystems | Consulting services | Federal government | Licensure and certification | Terminology and definition

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